Upcoming and recent events

Friday 8 December 2017, 11.30am – 12.30pm


Come along to this free workshop to learn how to winter prune blackcurrants, redcurrants and whitecurrants to keep them healthy and cropping well. This is a hands-on session with tools provided. You can join us for a shared lunch afterwards (bring a packed lunch.)
Please confirm your attendance with our head gardener by emailing katherine@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

Monday 4th September 2017






When : Friday 8th September 2017

Time : 11am – 1pm 

This Friday Daphne will be helping us celebrate our bumper summer harvest in style with a healthy cooking workshop on Friday 8th September!   She’ll show us how to make a delicious healthy lunch to share and get us excited about the importance of fresh fruits and vegetables in our diets!  She’ll also be discussing locality and seasonality when cooking and eating and how to combat food waste.

The workshop will culminate in a lovely shared lunch together, made by us! (and the garden of course!)

*Please note on this occasion the workshop is only open to current garden users, not the general public.

Monday 21st August 2017


Forest Farm Peace Garden to host “Abundance Day” to celebrate the bounty of summer harvest.

Sunday 8th October 2017, Forest Farm Peace Garden will be hosting an ‘Abundance Day’. The event will run from 12-4.30 pm, and is free of charge and family friendly.

Attendees will have a chance to listen to live music and take part in free workshops
The London Borough of Redbridge Recycling Team are running a ‘Give and Take’ stall with free books, clothes and bric-a-brac. Please bring along items you no longer want or need (electrical goods & large items cannot be accepted.)
Also there’s Dr Bike of Recycle Ilford, a social enterprise & bike recycling project, that will provide a free maintenance check and repairs. Bring your bike!
Our popular health and well-being zone will also be back, providing mini holistic treatments and a quiet space for meditation throughout the afternoon.
There will be our own organic honey for sale, plus Apple pressing demonstrations and we’ll be handing out fresh apple juice.
There will also be an apple walk where there will be a chance to pick and sample our apples.
There will be a kids area where there will be lots of family friendly activities available.
Visitors can also sample fresh herbal teas and taste fire cooked soup and range of delicious foods prepared by Forest Farm Peace Garden community of volunteers.

If you would like to download our event leaflet please click here

Monday 7th August 2017


When : Friday 25th August 2017

Time : 12pm – 1pm


In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to use freely available nettle and comfrey leaves to make an organic feed for your flowers, herbs, fruit and veg crops. Bring a large plastic bottle with a cap to take away your own fertiliser. The workshop is free and open to non garden users!

To confirm your attendance to the workshop, please email Head Gardener Kath – kath@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

Tuesday, 1st August 2017


When : Wednesday 9th August

Time : 2pm – 4pm


Join us in the garden for a herbal balm making workshop with our volunteer Jala! Using gorgeously coloured pre-made oils, we’ll be mixing oils made with St.Johns Wort and Calendula with our own bees wax to create lovely balms. Many of the herbs we’ll use have medicinal and healing properties, are all grown organically in the garden and smell divine too!

All materials will be provided and you’ll take away a balm you’ve made.                        Free to all and all welcome!

Please note, you must book and confirm your attendance before Monday 7th August via Ecotherapy Worker Fran Reeves – fran@forestfarmpeacegarden.org.uk 

Tuesday, 1st August 2017


Meet our new buddy – Aramis the Mongrel, a pet therapy dog, who comes to the FFPG to help out, mostly with digging and turning compost! Aramis used to be a stray dog, semi-feral, most likely born on the streets of Poland. In 2011, when he was around 3 years old (or more, no one really knows), he was rescued by a group of local volunteers and spent the next 2 years in kennels. He liked other dogs and got on well in a pack but was very shy and scared of people. Didn’t want to approach strangers and therefore seemed unadoptable. So the volunteers placed him in a fantastic foster home where he had a chance to come out of his shell, learn to walk on a lead without panicking and start making friends with humans. On 28th April 2014 he moved to London, adopted by one of FFPG’s buddies, and his life has changed forever 🙂 Now, looking at him interacting with our clients and buddies, exploring the garden, begging at the table, rolling in a grass and chilling out next to us while we all plant, dig and harvest, no one would believe it was once such a scaredy-cat… excuse my French, a dog, of course. Aramis says: Everybody needs a chance in life and a safe, supporting environment to blossom and it’s great that the Forest Farm Peace Garden can provide it to so many lucky humans 🙂








Monday 17th July 2017


When : Wednesday 26th July 

Time : 11am – 1pm


All garden users interested in beekeeping or learning about it are very welcome to join the beekeeping group which meets every 1st and 4th Wednesday of the month. We will do some beekeeping inventory, check how the bees are doing, clean tools and harvest honey and wax!

We are very happy for the new volunteers to join the group as well, but please note, this group is for a limited number of people due to capacity.

Please contact Fran – fran@forestfarmpeacegarden.org to confirm your attendance.

Monday 17th July 2017


When: Friday 4th August & Friday 1st September 

Time: 2pm – 3pm


Join us in the garden for an hour of indulgent art and craft focused around an exploration of ecotherapy in a lovely natural setting!

Ecotherapy Worker Fran will be showing us how to relax with art in nature exploring activities which use materials from the garden.

Friday 4th August – Balm making with Jala

Friday 1st September – TBC

All are welcome, but you must confirm your attendance before hand if you are not a current garden user – to sign up, please contact Fran – fran@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

Tuesday 11th July 2017


When: Friday 21st July

Time: 11am -1pm






Learn about composting and reducing the household waste at our free ‘Composting Skill Share’ workshop. All welcome!

Thursday, 15th June 2017


When: Sunday, 9th July 2017

Time: 12 noon – 4.30pm

Free event








Join us  for our annual event ‘ World Music Day’, celebrating Redbridge’s thriving, diverse community.

The event will run from 12-4.30 pm, it’s free of charge and family friendly.



‘After Midnight Duo’ is a stylish multi-instrumental and vocal couple based in London, performing pure acoustic versions of some of your favourite songs and also with high quality backing tracks recorded by real musicians. After Midnight Duo have a vast experience in the music industry having learnt, played, performed & taught for many years. The Duo performs a variety of songs from Jazz to Pop through electronic music


The ‘Jacobean Strollers’ is a group of instrumentalists who formed after meeting at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre Early Music course in 2015. They explore and perform programatic music from the 17th century and sometimes weave it with words from Shakespeare. This program will include pieces written by Henry Purcell (1659-1695) , Johann Schmeltzer (1623-1680) and Heinrich Biber (1644-1704). Olwen Foulkes is playing the recorder, Rebecca Windram is on baroque violin, Cecile Ross on baroque viola, and Harry Buckoke is playing on the beautiful viola da gamba.

3.30pm – 4.30pm  EASTERN VIBES

Eastern Vibes play traditional Indian classical ragas including light Bollywood numbers and Western nursery rhymes for kids to sing along to.



Giles Leaman, an artist in residence at The Source, a recycling and creative reuse centre  in Edmonton will be running a fantastic arts and crafts session using variety of recycled materials. Lots of good fun!

1pm – 2pm  POND DIPPING  

Pond dipping session for children run by local Conservation Team.

12 noon – 4.30 pm   FACE PAINTING

Aneta, a children’s entertainer and artist will be there with her face painting station.

12noon – 4.30 pm  NATURAL MESSY PLAY FOR UNDER 5s

Oats Play and Grains Play! Bring your toddler with you and dive into large trays of oats and grains, full of exciting objects and scooping tools. Suitable for 15 months – 5 years old.



Marilis will be teaching us how to create beautiful things out of plastic bags. Make sure you will not miss that out!


Learn basic knitting patterns at this taster workshop with talented Knitting Sisters ….

1.00-2.30pm  HERBAL WALK

Find out about the wealth of medicinal plants growing on you doorstep, what health complaint they might be helping with and how to make your own remedies with common weeds or garden herbs. There will be some samples of herbal preparations to view or try.  The walk will be led by Elsa Hamaz, Medical Herbalist, BSC(hons) degree in Herbal Medicine, obtained from Middlesex university and member of the National Institute for Medical Herbalists. Elsa has her private practice in Hackney for almost 20 years.

2.30pm – 3.30pm  FORAGING WALK

A summer foraging walk with Aaron ‘Hedgerow’ Edgeley. Learn how to identify and process wild edibles!

2pm – 4pm – DR BIKE

Free bike repair and maintenance session run by mechanics from Recycles Ilford. Bring your bike for a check!

3.30pm – 4.30pm  FREE TAI CHI CLASS

Susan, our Tai Chi teacher will be leading an hour session of Tai Chi. Suitable for all levels.


Relax in the beautiful surroundings of the garden and indulge yourself in these amazing holistic mini treatments.

Reflexology mini treatments by Monica, Monica has been working in the field of complementary therapies for over 6 years. She first trained in Swedish massage and Anatomy and Physiology in 2009 and gained qualifications in reflexology and aromatherapy in 2011. She will be offering 20 min treatments on the day.

Raynor Massage tasters by Ed. Ed is a therapist, energy worker and advanced practitioner of Raynor Massage.This approach to massage focuses on releasing blocked areas of tension commonly anchored in the feet, hands, head and stomach. The overall effect is to restore the flow of Qi (energy) in the body and remove unwanted physical, emotional and mental tension. In these 15/20 minute taster sessions,  Ed will give a guided tour of your own body, bringing awareness to where you are holding-on to tension and work with you to let go of it.Ed has studied Physiotherapy, has a diploma in Health Sciences and holds a certified Advanced level diploma in Raynor technique

Reiki Healing  Martin and Olga are reiki practitioners who will be providing joint treatments for 15 minutes as a taster.n a beautiful, secluded Willow Dome. With nearly 30 years experience of reiki between them, both practice and teach professionally and would like to share the gift of reiki with you.

Indian Head Massage by Vicky.  Indian Head Massage is a relaxing massage of the upper back, shoulders, neck, head and face. It was developed from traditional head massage practised in India for centuries.The main effect is to relax the body and reduce its’ reaction to stress. It increases circulation, relaxes muscles and reduces tension it helps shift toxins from muscles. It also works on pressure points on the head and face to release energy blockages and improve general wellbeing. Vicky  have been practicing IHM since attaining a “ICM Professional Complementary Therapies Practitioner Diploma” in 2003. Vicky will offer 20 min taster sessions.


A freshly cooked soup and bread made by our volunteers,

Amazing full of wonderful ingredients and nutrients cakes by Lynette.

A selection of Asian finger foods prepared by Manzoor, local chef from Fusion Foods.

Teas and coffees and cold drinks will be served on the day.

Friday 26th May 2017


When: Wednesday 14th June 2017

Time: 11.15am – 12.15pm

Join us in the garden for a softwood cuttings propagation skill share.  Ecotherapy Worker Fran will be showing us how to take simple cuttings from our lovely herbs, including spearmint, lavender and rosemary.  All materials and tools will be provided and propagated, potted cuttings will be free to take or to leave with us in the garden to make new plants from!
Free, all are welcome.

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Thursday, 11th May 2017


When: Tuesday, 23rd May 2017

Time: 10am – 2pm

Where: Redbridge Central Library, Ilford. York and Gloucester rooms

Free, no need for booking

We will be talking part in an important event this month – ‘Trending to Talk’, which will take place on 23rd May 2017 in Central Library in Ilford. This campaign, developed by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health, has been born through consulting with local people who have disclosed that it can be worse to live in isolation than to live with illness.The event aim is to get people talking about Dementia and Mental Health which can improve local relationships by generating empathy and understanding, breaking down barriers, promoting recovery and taking the stigma out of an invisible condition that could affect us all. FFPG staff will be there promoting our project and supporting the campaign. All are welcome to join the discussions on the day.


When: Friday 26th May 2017

Time: 11.15am – 12.15pm

Join us in the garden for an introduction to basic bushcraft skills. Daniel will be showing us how to build and light a fire, followed by some wild cooking (breadsticks with fresh herbs.) He’ll also be teaching us about animal tracking, basic whittling and sun navigation.
Free, all are welcome.

Monday 8th May 2017

FREE TAI CHI CLASSES  – this class is only for Forest Farm Peace Garden Buddies and Volunteers.

Starting – Friday 19th May 2017 

From 3pm – 4pm 

From mid-May we will be running free weekly Tai Chi classes at Forest Farm Peace Garden.

Start: Friday 19th May 2017

Time: 3pm – 4pm for consecutive 20 weeks till 22nd September 2017

To sign up please contact:

Fran: fran@forestfarmpeacegarden.org or call/txt: 07525  125057

Monday 8th May 2017


Wednesday 17th & Friday 19th May 2017 

From 11am – 11.45am 

We would like to invite you to the Garden Users Consultations which will take place in the garden and where we will have the opportunity to reflect on how the garden is going, our plans for this year and any garden and growing related suggestions you have or issues you want to discuss. The consultations will last 45min, and after that we will carry on with our gardening tasks.



  • Summary of progress  in garden transformation.  Updates on successful grants.
  • Upcoming changes and proposed ideas
  • Q&A


  • Summary of progress in making people care a priority this year
  • Brief summary of who has joined us so far this year and who has moved on (Clients and Buddies)
  • Q&A


  • Summary of developments in interest groups; workshops & skill shares; open days and festivals; wider community engagement etc
  • Q&A

Monday, 3rd April 2017


Wednesday 12th April 2017

From 11am to 12noon

Join us for Tools Maintenance Skill Share! It is a free event open to all. We will be learning how to sharpen, oil and clean garden tools.

If you wish to attend please contact Anna at: anna@forestfarmpeacegarden.org

Monday 27th February 2017

Beekeeping Group Meeting

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

11am to 1pm.

All garden users interested in beekeeping or learning about it are very welcome to join the first meeting this year. We will do some beekeeping inventory, check how the bees are doing,  clean tools and get ready for the new season!

We are very happy for the new volunteers to join the group as well!

Please contact Bob – bob@forestfarmpeacegarden.org to confirm your attendance.

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Thursday, 23rd February 2017

Join us in Ilford on Saturday 4th March for the Great British Spring Clean. From 11am, community groups & residents of Redbridge will be picking up litter in & around the town centre.
#greatbritishspringclean #proudtocallithome

There will also be creative activities, including making a litter monster, designing gum targets/posters and making fruit juice on a smoothie bike. Forest Farm Peace Garden will have a stall at the event. Find more details at the link below:

http://www.greatbritishspringclean.org or  download the poster here:gbsc-a4-circulation

Wednesday, 25th January 2017

Open Morning for Prospective Buddy Volunteers

Free Workshop –‘Permaculture and People Care’

Wednesday, 8th March 2017

11am – 1pm


Come along for our open morning event, look around and enjoy our free workshop on “Permaculture and People-Care” with Susannah Hall, a co-founder of Permablitz London, a talented gardener and permaculture designer. The workshop will introduce you to the basics of permaculture, and to some ideas about how you could apply it in your daily life and work. It will be followed by a walk around the garden and shared lunch (optional).

This event is aimed at all interested in taking part in our Buddy Volunteer Training in March 2017. You can get a chance to see the garden, meet the staff and volunteers and learn more about our ecotherapy programme.

If you wish to take part in shared lunch please bring packed lunch with you. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes and suitable outdoors clothing.

Please contact Fran Reeves at: info@forestfarmpeacegarden.org or leave a message at our answer phone: 020 84771655 if you wish to come as we have limited number of spaces available.

Wednesday, 25th January 2017







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